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1980 Tokai ES100R Vintage Semi-Hollow ES Guitar Cherry Long Guard, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1980 Tokai ES100R in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This ES100R is a premium example of the ES platform from the most coveted era of Tokai production, featuring the original pair of Goto S-stamp Patent Applied For humbuckers and a Cherry nitro lacquer gloss finish. Interestingly, while this particular ES100R dates to 1980, the model wasn’t officially introduced in the catalog until ‘81, making this likely among the earliest ever produced.

Traditional tonewoods include a semi-hollow maple body with maple centerblock, a one-piece mahogany neck, and a bound rosewood fretboard. The "R" suffix on the model name stands for "Rock," as the ES100 model was offered in both ES100J (Jazz) and ES100R iterations, which dictated the pickup voicing. In-line with 1959 Gibson ES-335 spec, this guitar features numerous vintage-correct touches including the long pickguard (extending past the bridge), a no-wire ABR-1-style nickel-plated bridge and matching stopbar, an amber switch tip, and gold bonnet knobs.

The Goto (not to be confused with Gotoh) “Patent Applied For” humbuckers are, as the name would suggest, wound in the vein of the original PAF, metering around 8k ohms and delivering the sweet, singing clarity, tailored midrange clarity, and spongy low end of that iconic design. The bridge pickup has bite and bounce, and the neck pickup is full and warm while retaining excellent articulation. This ES100R weighs 8lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Shape: Medium C, measuring .840” 1st fret, 1.015” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Rosewood, dot inlay
-Frets: Medium jumbo, virtually no wear
-Scale Length: 24 3/4”
-Nut: 1 5/8”, bone
-Headstock: Open book shape, Tokai script logo
-Tuners: Kluson-style, Tokai single line
-Serialization: 0-prefix, stamped on back of peghead

Body Specs:

-Wood: Maple, maple centerblock
-Pickups: Goto S-Stamp “Patent Applied For” humbucker x2
-Controls: Volume x2, Tone x2, Three-way pickup selector
-Hardware: No-wire ABR-1-style bridge with brass saddles, stopbar
-Plastics: Four-ply black pickguard, gold bonnet knobs, amber switch tip

The gloss Cherry nitro lacquer finish exhibits only light pick scuffing, a bit of faint buckle wear on the back, and just a few tiny marks and scratches on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with limited cloudiness in the gloss and a few shallow nicks along the profile length that don't distract the palm while fretting.

A gigbag is included.